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    OMG help, need suggestions

    My youngest is finally getting married (he is 32). I am thrilled, have known soon to be DIL since she was 16. They have asked for an autograph quilt for the wedding which I am excited to make BUT....... and here is the problem, they want it to be half alabama and half florida gators. Any suggestions as to what to do to accomplish this and not make the ugliest quilt ever. Just imagining the mix of colors is scary,,,,please HELP.
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    Would you be willing to make it two sided? That way it's still 1/2 and 1/2!!! Good luck!
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    That's what I was thinking......front/back!

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    I first thought the same. When I suggested it to them they said they want to be able to display both at the same time. I'm glad I have until the end of April. I was thinking maybe something with a log cabin block in barn raising or something similar where the rounds alternate teams. I certainly dont know what yet. Thanks for any help.
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    how about making two quilts... not too wide each. then put gripper snaps along the adjoining sides. that way, they can separate them for their own use, too.
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    Gators - Orange and blue?
    Alabama - Red and black?

    Either a crackerjack pattern alternating blocks with their school colors: http://www.quiltinaday.com/freepattern/

    or (this is my first choice) a t-shirt quilt using equal blocks for each team. The blocks could have thin borders like 1 inch finshed of school colors. example: Gator blocks would have first an orange border then a blue border. Alabama blocks a red border, then a black border. Have plenty of blank space on the blocks so people can autograph the t-shirt blocks like they autograph t-shirts at the end of the school year.
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    Maybe you could make a 'mountains' quilt with blocks of tri-square triangles in rows in their colors; or do rows of bowties; or even hearts. Between the rows you could place signature blocks -- there are many kinds of these.

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    Glad it is you and not me. I don't have the patience to try and figure that out. Good luck.
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    does the lucky couple know that it may not look good using the colors of the two teams? i don't know the team colors. maybe it does't matter how kookie it looks to them! maybe run it past them when you choose a pattern. maybe color it so they know what it will look like. once you get the ok from them, go for it!

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    Don't know what this type of quilt is so I cannot help..... just wanted to wish you luck and say that we would all love to see pictures of the finished article!!!!

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    I made a ne ks guilt and used mostly team fabric most everyone carries team spirit fabric Team spirit fab and blocks of plain fabric for people to sign

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    Boy, what a combination! Crimson Tide & Gators! Could be worse though. Gators are bright, Tide is subdued. Autograph quilt, hmmm. I see alternating blocks between the two teams. (bright, subdues,bright,subdued, etc.) Type of block? Just about anything. I think something that wraps around the signature area. Possibly a log cabin type block? Just larger on the strips? There's all kinds of autograph quilt ideas out here on the internet. Let us know what you find.

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    Perfect suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy60545 View Post
    Boy, what a combination! Crimson Tide & Gators! Could be worse though. Gators are bright, Tide is subdued. Autograph quilt, hmmm. I see alternating blocks between the two teams. (bright, subdues,bright,subdued, etc.) Type of block? Just about anything. I think something that wraps around the signature area. Possibly a log cabin type block? Just larger on the strips? There's all kinds of autograph quilt ideas out here on the internet. Let us know what you find.
    Thank you, I was thinking along the same lines. It's the color combination that is getting to me. I was thinking log cabin with the centers white for signatures and the team colors around them. My grandson had the idea to do the team logos side by side with the word MEETS between them and the wedding date then put area for signing below them. I made an Alabama logo for someone else and he loved it, hence his idea.
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    Here is the Alabama logo I made with applique. Maybe I will do a Florida one and combine them and put signature blocks all around.
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    My suggestion is double Irish chain. Divide the quilt in half diagonally. That block has a large center "white space" for logo embroidery and signatures. If I had EQ, I would lay it out, but I use graph paper and colored pencils.
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    My friends and I just made an autograph quilt using a pattern called "Popcicle Sticks. We put one white strip in each block to be signed.
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    I like this idea.. might use it for my daughters..u of l an u of k
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    how about making two quilts... not too wide each. then put gripper snaps along the adjoining sides. that way, they can separate them for their own use, too.

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    I have no idea what colors these are. But I wouldn't go to exteme color choices. Maybe they haven't given any thought to how this will look in a bedroom, and how quickly they may tire of this color choice.
    A quilt is a lot of work for them to tire of these colors. and decide to not use your quilt in a few years.
    I would use many nuetral colors in the quilt, and use their color choices in small bits and pieces.
    This will make your quilt easier to coordinate for a bedroom.

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    Good luck on your quilt. Hope you post a picture of it when you get the top done.

    My daughter is an Auburn fan; her fiancee is an Alabama fan. They wanted a quilt - AU one side of it and Al on his side (all on the front but dividing the bed). I tried so many times to draw up a pattern or figure something out. Wasn't really a great color scheme for the bedroom and they decided they'd like to have large lap quilts to go on the couch - AU for her; AL for him. Had to make them fairly big as he is 6'3" and she's 5'11" but they turned out nice and they were tickled with them. Much easier to deal with than a king size quilt also. :-)

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    For the team colors, do you have to use all 4 colors? Can you just use 2? Red and Blue? or Orange and black. Sorry I'm not that familiar with college colors.
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Size:  1.58 MBHere is a signature quilt I made for my BIL who was recuperating from a stem cell transplant. It was fairly easy and had lots of room for signatures. You could vary the colors to suit the teams. I liked the solid (gold) blocks as it was easy to FMQ different designs (or embroider if you choose). Good luck in your choice........it is quite the challenge to please everyone.

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    I think it would be fun to split it right down the middle with a band of perhaps black....perhaps either use the same pattern for both sides....or do two different patterns for the each team....no this will not make a beauty contest, it is not intended to.....it is meant to be a fun show of their favorate teams....not a lifetime achievement award....perhaps use all solids or batiks.....more like an amish......
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    Can't wait to see how red, black/grey, blue and orange look when combined in a quilt! Glad my GA child married another Bulldog! Please be sure and show us what you figure out.

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    First off I don't think you have to worry too much about the colors, if they love the teams they will love the colors.
    The colors will work, the white is perfect for the signatures, and the others with eventually fall in place.
    Second, it's unlikely that they will be decorating with this quilt. It sounds like it will be used. Which is what most of us want when we make and give them away isn't it?
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